The following events, meetings, etc. have been canceled due to the new coronavirus pandemic. The list also includes closures and changes to local governments schedules and accessibility. If your event is canceled, contact The Frederick News-Post at This list will be updated regularly online.

March 30

UPDATE: The Emmitsburg town office will continue to have reduced hours and be closed to walk-in services. Town staff will be available by phone (301-600-6300) or email only Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The town office will be closed Fridays. Town staff will continue to monitor all voicemails and emails outside of business hours. The April 18 yard waste drop-off has been canceled. The April 18 bulk trash has been canceled and will be rescheduled. The April 20 town meeting has been canceled. The first quarter water bills will be mailed out by May 4. Due to the delayed mailing, the water bill due date has been extended to June 10, 2020. Rainbow Lake fishing permits will be available by email only. Any person wishing to get a fishing permit should email a copy of their state issued fishing license to Allow two business days for processing. Issued permits will only be valid is signed and dated. Basic zoning permits are available online. Visit or email for more information.

UPDATE: The Town of Middletown parks will continue to remain open to the public. While we want to promote the ability for residents to exercise and enjoy the outdoors, we ask that resident practice social distancing and remain at 6 feet from others in order to avoid potential contact with the Covid-19 virus. Currently, all water fountains have been shut off and all functioning restrooms in the parks are closed and will remain that way until the Governor lifts Executive Order 20-03-19-01 which restricted social gatherings larger than 10 persons. In addition, all playground equipment is closed to prevent spread of the Corvin-19 virus. If you have specific questions regarding Middletown services, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Office at 301-371-6171 or email

Frederick County Landmarks Foundation has canceled the Barnstormers Tour for this year. The next tour will be June 12, 2021. If you have already purchased your ticket, you can request a refund by contacting, or consider it a donation.

Frederick Pride, which was scheduled for June 27, has been postponed to Oct. 3.

March 27

• The spring meeting of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Frederick Cluster, scheduled for March 28 is canceled. Plans are to reschedule this event for fall.

• The Rainbow Belles meeting on April 7 is postponed to a later date TBD.

March 26

• The Wags for Hope orientation scheduled for April 5 is canceled.

UPDATE: The Town of Middletown continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and re-evaluating every 24 hours. Due to the current State of Emergency declared by Gov. Hogan and to lessen the risk of exposure of town employees to COVID-19, the Burgess and Commissioners have decided to close town offices every Friday beginning March 27. Call 301-293-3818 to report any water/sewer emergencies or any other town services related emergencies. Town staff will still be accessible via phone and email Monday through Thursday during normal business hours. Town offices are still closed to the public at this time.

Frederick Presbyterian Church is extending the period of cancellation for all on-campus activities and events through April 14. A decision to extend the cancellations beyond that date will be made at that time.

• Effective March 25, Frederick Health Medical Group's Myersville office is closed until further notice. All other offices remain open at this time. For complete information on all of Frederick Health's closures and cancellations, visit Free virtual visits being offered through the website at

Starting March 26 no visitors will be permitted at Frederick Health except under specific circumstances. Specific circumstances include: One visitor to accompany patients experiencing an emergency, one visitor inclusive of a professional support person or postpartum helper of a patient in the labor and delivery and postpartum units, one parent or caregiver of pediatric or NICU patient, two visitors for patients at End-of-Life, one visitor will be permitted to accompany a patient to an ambulatory visit. These restrictions are in place with everyone’s health and safety in mind. An approved visitor (based upon the criteria above) will be screened for flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath and will not be able to stay if symptomatic. Family, friends and loved ones are encouraged to use electronic devices and apps to keep in contact with patients.

The Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services will be implementing a new protocol from the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services System (MIEMSS) on March 26. The Viral Syndrome Pandemic Triage Protocol allows EMS personnel the capability to determine if possible COVID-19 patients are candidates for home self-care. First responders dispatched to calls for patients that may be positive for the COVID-19 virus will initiate contact with the patient and, through an assessment and series of benchmarks, may determine the patient meets the requirement to remain at home under selfcare. These patients will be provided with information and handouts on how they should be caring for themselves from their home and signs and symptoms they can watch for that may require further medical treatment. If the patient agrees with the assessment EMS personnel will follow up with them within 24 hours for an over the phone assessment. These protocols were designed as a decision making tool to assist during a pandemic when critical care systems become overloaded. It is the intent of Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services that the care and service provided by first responders to the citizens of Frederick County will remain a top priority.

• With limited exceptions, including certain emergency matters, the Maryland state courts will remain closed to the public through May 1. All non-emergency matters scheduled for a court hearing or proceeding, including jury trials, scheduled to begin March 17 through May 1 will be postponed, unless otherwise noted. Scheduling orders issued in civil and family law matters will be addressed by motion on a case-by-case basis. Foreclosures of residential property, foreclosures of the right to redeem residential property sold in a tax sale, residential evictions, and executions on residential real property under levy or lien are stayed and new or pending types of these actions will be accepted but not processed during this time. Emergency matters include, but are not limited to, domestic violence petitions, peace order petitions, family law emergencies, extreme risk protective orders, bail reviews, juvenile detention hearings, and search warrants. These matters will continue to be handled by the courts, which are staffed on a reduced basis, through May 1, unless the Chief Judge issues a further order.

The Maryland Judiciary’s electronic filing system, referred to as MDEC, remains available and is required to be used in all MDEC counties. In non-MDEC counties or for self-represented litigants, filings can be mailed to your local clerk’s office or can be dropped off in a drop box. The Maryland Judiciary’s online portal CaseSearch continues to be updated as clerk’s offices across the state process filings during this public health emergency. For more information about the impact on the Maryland Judiciary due to COVID-19, visit

• On March 25, County Executive Jan Gardner announced that Frederick County government buildings remain closed to the public until further notice. Senior centers, libraries, park buildings and nature centers remain closed. TransIT services are reduced and should only be used for essential needs such as to reach jobs, grocery stores or dialysis appointments. TransIT riders should be alert for future service changes.

• The Frederick County Landfill remains open, although residents are asked to limit visits to essential-only trips. The recycling drop-off center will close to the public as of March 30. No walk-ins will be accepted for recycling or compost bins.

Senior Centers remain closed. Meals on Wheels continue to be delivered to participants in a modified manner. Visit for information on online resources or call 301-600-1234.

Frederick County Public Libraries remain closed. Visit for wide array of digital resources for all ages.

TransIT Services has reduced services. TransIt-plus will continue providing pre-scheduled trips. For more information visit or call 301-600-2065.
The Frederick County Health Department remains closed to the public. Essential services needed for the immediate protection of public health will continue. Visit for more information.
Frederick County Parks and Recreation programs are canceled, and park buildings, including nature centers, the Ballenger Creek Community Center and the Browning Building at Pinecliff Park, are closed to the public. Parks remain open, however, all playgrounds and restrooms remain closed and water fountains have been turned off. Spring recreation programming, park shelter and building reservations and all other special programs are canceled until June 1. Visit for new online activities and programs.
Frederick County boards and commissions meetings are canceled until further notice.
Frederick County Department of Permitting and the Treasurer's Office remain open to pay taxes and water and sewer bills. Residents are encouraged to pay online. Inspection services continue with some modifications.
• Non-essential visits are no longer permitted to Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living.
Frederick County Animal Control's shelter remains closed to the public. Essential and emergency services are available by appointment only. Call 301-600-1546.
• The Frederick County Adult Detention Center has suspended visitor access.
Citizens Services Division and the Department of Housing and Community Development appointments are being handled by email and phone. The Family Partnership and the Scott Key Center will remain closed.
Frederick County Public Works offices are closed to the public.
• The Mount Airy Historical Society has canceled meetings and events until further notice. The Mount Airy Museum is closed. The Hall of Fame Banquet was also postponed.
• The National Swapmeet Antique & Custom Motorcycle Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, scheduled for April 5, is canceled. All events scheduled for the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg are canceled through April 13.

March 25

• The Harney and New Windsor volunteer fire companies Big Money Bonanza scheduled for May 2 has been rescheduled for Aug. 22 at the Harney Volunteer Fire Co. grounds. For more information, visit

All public schools in Frederick County, and throughout Maryland, will remain closed at least through April 24, state Superintendent Karen Salmon announced during a press conference with Gov. Larry Hogan.

Marvin Chapel's thrift shop is closed until further notice. Donations can still be made to the outside bin, 5101 Woodville Road, just north of Md. 144 between New Market and Mount Airy.

March 24

The Town of Middletown parks will continue to remain open to the public. Residents are asked to practice social distancing and remain at 6 feet from others in order to avoid potential contact with the Corvin-19 virus. More information at 301-371-6171 or email

March 23:

Effective immediately, the Town office of Emmitsburg will have reduced hours and will continue to be closed to walk-in services. Town staff will be available by phone (301-600-6300) or email only Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The town office will be closed Fridays. (2) Effective immediately, all water, sewer and public works services will remain operative; however, employees will have limited working hours. (3) Town staff will continue to monitor all voicemails and emails outside of business hours. (4) The April 6 town meeting has been re-scheduled to April 20. (5) The April 13 town meeting has been canceled. (6) The first quarter water bills will be mailed out by April 20. Due to the delayed mailing, the water bill due date has been extended from May 5 to May 27.

The situation will be reevaluated and an update given by April 3rd.

Frederick Health closures: Liberty Office – Discontinue walk-in visits effective March 21: Frederick Health Medical Group will temporarily discontinue walk-in services at the Liberty office on Thomas Johnson Drive. Those that need to be seen are encouraged to stay home and use the Virtual Visit service, currently available for free at

— Imaging: The following exams will be postponed for the duration of the coronavirus crisis: screening mammograms, screening breast MRI, DEXA bone density, CT lung screening and CT calcium score. Patients currently scheduled for routine screening exams will be contacted for rescheduling. This temporary policy applies to routine screening evaluations only. Patients who are symptomatic should continue to seek treatment from their providers and will receive timely diagnostic exams and procedures from Frederick Health.

Beginning at 5 p.m., by executive order of Gov. Larry Hogan, all nonessential businesses will be closed. Details at

Beginning March 21, no visitors will be permitted in Meritus Health facilities except under specific circumstances such as end-of-life care or decision-making; special care nursery; pediatric patients; a patient undergoing emergency surgery; same-day surgery. Full details at

All Maryland Department of Natural Resources Licensing and Registration Centers are now closed under the current State of Emergency. Gov. Larry Hogan has issued an executive order related to licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations that may be expiring or up for renewal during the state of emergency. The executive order immediately grants a grace period of 30 days after the date of termination of the state of emergency. This includes items normally processed at our Maryland Department of Natural Resources Licensing Service Centers. Online services are still available:

As of March 20, Frederick County Parks & Rec Division has canceled all park shelter and pavilion reservations through June 1. All spring seasonal programs at FCPS Rec Center locations, nature centers, park shelters and community park buildings are also canceled through June 1. All water fountains have been shut off and all functioning restrooms in parks are closed. All county park playgrounds will be closed until further notice. Details at

• Public safety services provided by the Maryland State Police are continuing. However, there have been modifications made to how some of those services are provided. Full details at

They include the following:

CALLS FOR SERVICE: In addition to the information routinely obtained during a 911 call or other request for police service, callers will be asked additional questions that include exhibiting signs of COVID-19 so that troopers can be prepared with PPE. When possible, contact with all victims, witnesses or suspects will be made outside of the home or building in order to reduce exposure. 

Troopers will take reports by telephone from incidents including malicious destruction of property, theft, tampering with a vehicle, attempted vehicle theft, credit or debit card theft, phone misuse and trespassing (not in progress). Troopers will continue to respond if the incident is in-progress, suspect is still on scene or potential for immediate arrest exists or there is physical evidence.

Citizens are asked to limit any personal visits to a barrack to emergency issues or situations absolutely necessary. Anyone planning to visit a State Police barrack for a safety equipment repair order verification should delay that visit. The state of emergency declaration has suspended the due date of repair orders until 60 days after the state emergency has been lifted.

• Effective March 23, TransIT will be reducing service to further protect the health and safety of employees and passengers:

— The following routes will be cancelled until further notice: All peak service on Connector routes (#20P, #40P, #50P, #51P, and #60P); #10B Connector; #51 Connector; #61 Connector; the Brunswick Jefferson Shuttle; the Emmitsburg Thurmont Shuttle; the North Frederick Shuttle; and all Meet-the-MARC shuttles.

— The #65 Connector will transition to a Saturday schedule for the week.

— TransIT-plus will continue providing pre-scheduled trips. All other TransIT Services will remain in service and will be free for passengers. For more information on TransIT’s plan in response to COVID-19 and TransIT’s services available in Frederick County, visit or call 301-600-2065.

MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration branches are closed effective March 20 until further notice. There are still many ways to take care of your MDOT MVA business using eStore, 24-hour kiosk or VEIP self-service kiosks. If you are eligible, many transactions including driver’s licenses, identification cards, vehicle registration renewals, change of address, insurance compliance payments and information on flag fees are all available online. Please be aware that due to staffing limitations, some services may take longer to process than usual.

For customers unable to take care of MDOT MVA transactions online, Gov. Hogan has declared a State of Emergency and has issued an Executive Order extending the expiration dates of all driver’s and business licenses, identification cards, permits and registrations that expire or are eligible for renewal beginning March 12, 2020. If you are currently holding one of these products, please know it will not expire until the 30th day after the state of emergency has been lifted. You can view the Governor’s Executive Order at Visit the latest information on current procedures and policies at

• Gift card bingo scheduled for March 31 for the Vigilant Hose Co. Auxiliary, in Emmitsburg, is canceled.

Downtown Frederick Partnership has canceled events for the next eight weeks. Details at or 301-663-8118.

• As of 5 p.m. March 16, the YMCA fitness, health and wellness centers, swimming pools, and classes/programs are closed and/or suspended at least through March 30, however it is probable that this date may be extended. Head Start is closed per FCPS. Details at

• The offices and facilities at Strawberry Hill Nature Center, in Fairfield, Pennsylvania, are closed through April 30 and all events are canceled. Nature trails remain open but visitors must practice social distancing, even outdoors.

— — —

March 20:

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine (NMCWM) is closed to the public until such a time as it is safe and advisable to reopen. However, the NMCWM remains open online. During the public closure, the museum will focus on creating a virtual museum experience. The story of Civil War medicine — which offers accounts of hope in the face of an unprecedented health care crisis — is more important now than ever. The NMCWM has created a page of resources for students, teachers, individuals, and history buffs alike to use during this time of remote learning. Facebook Lives, YouTube videos, and other digital content will be released over the coming weeks in an effort to provide educational resources and inspiring stories to learn from. The NMCWM’s online resource hub can be found at

• As of 1:30 p.m. March 20 all playground equipment in Town of Thurmont Parks is closed. Residents are asked to keep your children of all ages from using any of the playground equipment in our parks. Town staff will be surrounding  playgrounds with warning tape and ask that residents not tamper with or remove the warning tape. The Governor has also recommended that sports that require multiple players to come into contact with balls, exercise equipment frisbees etc. Be discontinued. For this reason all sports including basketball, tennis, football, baseball, lacrosse, etc. are prohibited in Thurmont Parks until further notice. These actions are bring taken in accordance with Governor Hogan' s most recent recommendations.

The City of Frederick is asking the public to suspend the use of playground equipment and pavilions at City parks.

National parks in the greater Washington area are modifying their operations to promote social distancing and implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state authorities. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, park open spaces and facilities will remain open. However, most indoor locations, including park visitor centers and historic sites, are closed. Visitors are advised to check park websites for the most up to date information. You can enjoy parks virtually by visiting National Park Service (NPS) websites and social media.

• Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, the playgrounds at all Emmitsburg parks are now closed to both children and adults. The parks, the dog park and walking paths remain open but please practice social distancing.

• The Easter egg hunt scheduled for April 11 at St. Paul's Mount Airy is canceled and may be rescheduled. Updates at

Zion Lutheran in Middletown has canceled all worship services for the foreseeable future, the church is also closed and all meetings and community events are canceled as well. The church office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Zion will be live streaming services Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 9 and 11 a.m.

UPDATE: The Frederick Fairgrounds will continue to postpone all rental events being held at the fairgrounds until further notice. For a listing of those events and updates, visit The fairgrounds is closed to the public. Call or email with any questions.

— — —

• Effective immediately March 19, the Frederick County Health Department building will be closed to public access until further notice. Essential services needed for the immediate protection of public health will continue, but walk-in services will no longer be available. The following services will continue to operate by calls only, with no walk-in service available.

These services may be operating at reduced capacity: Behavioral Health: Syringe Services Program (reduced schedule), narcan training, treatment services, AERS; Community Health Services: communicable disease investigation and surveillance, rabies, tuberculosis, HIV case management, preventive health, Safe Kids, Special Delivery, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutritional Program; Environmental Health Services: essential food service inspections, food service complaint investigations, emergency septic system repairs, rabies investigations, building permit review, limited burn permits for prior permit holders, inspection of permitted sewage disposal systems, emergency well permits, plan review, water sample and water supply evaluations; Developmental Center: dental clinic, audiology and Infants & Toddlers; Public Health Preparedness; Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program.

— The following Frederick County Health Department services will continue to operate by appointment only, no walk-in service: Medicaid enrollment, call 301-600-3124 to make an appointment; Qualified Health Plans: The Coronavirus Emergency special enrollment period will end April 15, coverage will begin April 1, 2020, regardless of when a qualified health plan (WHP) is selected during that time period; Mental Health appointments for current patients. All other services have been suspended or reduced until further notice.

Quinn Chapel AME Church, 106 E. Third St., Frederick, will be closed for public worship services March 22 and 29. For information regarding online streaming or other concerns, contact the administrative office at 301-663-9540.

Heritage Training and Shooting Center's public range is closed effective immediately, March 19, and has canceled all ASI matches until further notice. Memberships will not be charged from March 19 until April 19. Training courses will be limited to 10 participants and training methods will be altered where necessary to ensure safety. Retail will be open normal hours. Fingerprinting services will remain open and operational.

• The Christian Farmers Outreach luncheon scheduled for April 4 at Westminster has been canceled. Already purchased tickets will be refunded. or 433-508-4338.

• All events through the end of March are canceled at Linganore Winecellars. Wines by the bottle are still available for purchase noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m Saturday; online ordering for pickup at the winery or for house delivery. Red Shedman Farmhouse Brewery bar is closed but is offering carry out. 301-831-5889 or

UPDATED AT 5 P.M.: All malls and other enclosed entertainment venues are closing effective 5 p.m. March 19 by order of Gov. Larry Hogan. The Francis Scott Key Mall is temporarily closed for this reason. Some stores may remain open and select restaurants are offering delivery and curb-side pick-up. Updates at

Gallery 50 and Music Makers, in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, are closed through April 13.

— — —

• The 2020 Frederick Nonprofit Summit on April 2 has been rescheduled for next year Thursday, April 8, 2021, and will feature Vu Le as the keynote speaker. The Weinberg Center for the Arts will send an email to registrants with ticketing information.

• Under executive order of Gov. Jim Justice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, in Charles Town, West Virginia, is closed and events canceled until further notice. Updates at

• Based on the most recent guidelines the Middletown Town Office will be closed to public access beginning March 19. Town staff will still be accessible via phone and email, and will re-evaluate at the end of March. At this time, there will be no interruption in any Town services such as; water and sewer, trash removal, and recycling. Yard waste bags will be available outside the front door of the Town Office. The first yard waste bag collection will begin April 7. For specific questions, call the Town Office at 301-371-6171 or email

Middletown's election date of April 6 will also continue as planned. If any residents have concerns, request an absentee ballot by email or letter. You do not have to be absent from the Town to obtain an absentee ballot. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is March 20. Additional election information and safety precautions are available at If you have already requested an absentee ballot, you do not need to make a request again.

• Effective March 19: Emmitsburg Town Offices will be operating with limited staffing and will continue to be closed to walk-in services until April 3. Town staff will still be available by phone at 301-600-6300, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition, all water, sewer and public works services will remain operative. The staff appreciates your patience as they continue to work through this unprecedented issue and anticipate resuming normal operations on April 6.

• The Community Conversations on the Comprehensive Plan for Middletown, scheduled for March 28, has been canceled. New date is TBD.

• The visitor centers at Catoctin Mountain Park, Monocacy National Battlefield, Antietam National Battlefield and Gettysburg National Military Park are closed until further notices. Park grounds and trails remain open at this time.

Alive @ Five, weekly happy hours along Carroll Creek and sponsored by the Downtown Frederick Partnership, will kick-off on May 14 and continue through Oct. 1.

Competitive Edge continuing education workshops by the Downtown Frederick Partnership, has been adjusted. April 21 workshops have been postponed. At this time the May 19 workshop is still scheduled. The March and April sessions will be rescheduled, TBD.

Bring a Broom Saturday, originally scheduled for April 25, is canceled by the Downtown Frederick Partnership.

First Saturday events in April and May in downtown Frederick are canceled. Many downtown Frederick businesses remain open daily and are taking extra setps to ensure their spaces are clean and safe for customers. 

Jefferson Ruritan Club has canceled Quartermania scheduled for April 5. The event will be rescheduled, TBD.

• The League of Women Voters of Frederick County has canceled all voter services events in March and April. Its website makes a video its Why Vote? presentation available. Citizens can go to to access the digital Voter's Guide, which is now live. 

• The Taneytown Heritage meeting and guest speaker for March 23 at Grace United Church of Christ has been canceled.

• Starting March 17, the Francis Scott Key Mall's temporary hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Some store and restaurant hours may vary. The Play Area is closed until further notice. The mall will not be hosting the Easter Bunny or associated events.

• The Frederick County Planning & Permitting Division and the Treasury Department will close 30 N. Market St. to walk-in traffic until further notice, effective at 10 a.m. March 18. All other public services and operations offered by the Planning & Permitting Division and the Treasury Department continue to be available at this location weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

— All Permits & Inspections services and processes will continue as usual. Residents and customers are encouraged to utilize the County’s new paperless plan and permit submittal, processing and tracking tool found at Contact Ashlye Bonomo at or 301-600-3463 with questions or for further assistance.

— All Development Review and Planning Department services and processes will continue as usual. Residents and customers are encouraged to utilize the County’s new paperless plan submittal, processing and tracking tool at Contact Ashley Reed at or 301-600-1139 with questions or for further assistance.

All Treasury Department services and processes will continue as usual. Tax payments, water and sewer payments, and other Treasury payments will be accepted at the drivethru window, as well as online at Documents to be stamped for recordation tax will be accepted at the drive-thru window. Abstractors may use SimpliFile to have these documents processed online by the County and the Clerk’s Office. MVA registrations can also be processed through the drive-thru window. Contact the Treasury Department at or via telephone at 301-600-1111.

In-house meetings with County staff may be arranged by appointment if it is determined that the matter cannot be handled remotely.

• The Potomac Valley Audubon Society's annual Race for the Birds, scheduled for March 28, is canceled. Registered participants can request their registration fee be reallocated as a donation or a refund will be made in full by sending an email to As an alternative, PVAS has created an interactive virtual race. Learn more at

— — —

Kiwanis Club of Mount Airy has rescheduled its spring pancake breakfast from March 21 to April 4. 

• All on-campus events at McDaniel College, Westminster, are canceled at least through mid-May. No decision has yet been made about Commencement. Updates at

• The Museum of Fine Arts-Washington County and the Hagerstown Garden Club have canceled the annual Art in Bloom weekend, scheduled for March 27 to 29.

• The Frederick Board of Elections announced that the 2020 Primary Election will be delayed until Tuesday, June 2. The delay is in response to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s proclamation today to provide the state additional time to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and allows local boards of elections and election workers to implement public health safeguards for the primary election.

• The Phoenix Ostomby Closet is by appointment only until further notice. Call 301-663-1203 and leave a message including your phone number and email address. Ostomy supplies for the uninsured and underinsured, sponsored by the Frederick Area Ostomy Support Group.

• The Frederick County Building Industry Association's annual Home Show, scheduled for March 21 and 22, is canceled.

Town of Mount Airy: Town Hall will be closed for all public meetings in March and April unless otherwise noted. All Town Hall services remain open and operational; use the drop box for bills or correspondence. There will be no water shut offs due to non-payment. The Police Department is operational until further notice. Services from the Public Works Department will not be interrupted; trash and recycling pickups will remain on schedule. Mount Airy Senior closed until further notice. Carroll Hospital is offering drive-up testing for the COVID-19 virus to individuals who qualify via a pre-screening; on the third floor of the parking garage; must be screen first through your primary care provider. The tent outside the emergency room at Carroll Hospital is to treat individuals that are already showing symptoms and who are actually sick. Parks remain open but the public must adhere to the order of no gatherings of more than 10 people.

• The 2020 UNESCO Center for Peace Trailblazer Award Dinner has been postponed.

Friends of Mullinix Park will not meet again until further notice.

• The Rosemont meeting scheduled for March 23 has been canceled. The next meeting is 7 p.m. June 1 at Merryland park. 

Transit Services of Frederick County drivers will no longer enter care facilities to pick up passengers, effective March 17. Drivers will wait at the vehicle. 

• Effective March 17, Social Security Offices will only offer phone service. Online services remain available. 

Heartly House's hotline and emergency shelter will remain in operation throughout the duration of this event. If you are in crisis or have questions about services, call 301-662-8800. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911. From March 17 to 27, Heartly House buildings will be closed to visitors, including non-shelter clients, vendors, donors, etc. Victims can file with the Commissioner and Court for Protective Orders as normal. Clients scheduled for an onsite appointment during this time should not come to the location. Call Hotline for support or with questions. Staff will not be meeting clients in person other than at Court. All group and individual counseling sessions are canceled. At this time, Medical Accompaniment Advocates will be available to accompany Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault victims to the hospital should they need to receive a forensic exam. All outreach, youth and community events are postponed until further notice. The Cottage Series classes for March and April are canceled. For updates, follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For specific questions, email

• The country breakfast scheduled at the Wolfsville Volunteer Fire Co. has been canceled for March 28.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide services are suspended beginning March 16 until further notice.

MARC Train will begin operating on a "R" schedule effective March 17.

• The Virginia Gold Cup races have been postponed to June 20. All pre-purchased tickets for May 2 will be honored on June 20. If anything changes, the Virginia Gold will update its website and Facebook

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II has issued a proclamation of a Declaration of Civil Emergency in the City of Hagerstown. As of 8 a.m. March 17, all City-operated buildings will be closed to the public in an effort to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That includes the Fit Room at Fairgrounds Park, the City Farmers’ Market, and the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex. The Greens at Hamilton Run golf course will remain open. Services such as police, fire, trash and recycling, and tax and utility customer service remain unaffected as City offices remain open—just not for face-to-face interaction. All departments can be contacted through email and over the phone during this time. For more information, visit

— — —

• The Petersville Ruritan Club has canceled the breakfast scheduled for March 21.

Emmanuel Trinity Lutheran Church's basket bingo scheduled for April 4, has been rescheduled for May 23 at the Jefferson Ruritan.

• Emmanuel Trinity Lutheran Church, 4004 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick, will be canceling all activities beginning March 16 until further notice. This includes the Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for March 28.

National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 409, Frederick, has canceled the luncheon scheduled for March 20 at the American Legion.

McCutcheon’s Apple Products will not be allowing the general public into its facility starting at 2 p.m. March 16 and lasting for the next two weeks. This includes store browsing at the retail store. In an effort to still serve customers and the ommunity, McCutcheon's will be taking orders for product from the factory store for curb-side pickup or shipping. To order, call 301-662-3261 or place your order online at Staff will pull your products from the shelves and have it ready for you when you arrive. Payment will be processed over the phone or online as in-store payments will not be accepted. Depending on demand, allow ample time for our staff to receive and pull orders.

Bush Creek Church of the Brethren’s fried oyster, turkey and country ham dinner originally scheduled for March 28, rescheduled for April 18, is now canceled. The next dinner will be in October.

• The New Market Fire Department St. Patrick's Day Mega Bingo scheduled for March 20 is canceled.

• The Sportsmans' Dinner Raffle on March 28 at the Winfield & Community Volunteer Fire Co. is canceled.

• The Finances 101: Practical Issues for Widows and Widowers workshop scheduled for March 29 at Frederick Health Hospice has been canceled but will be rescheduled.

• Effective immediately (March 16) and for two weeks, the Emmitsburg Town office is closed to the public. No walk in services will be provided. Town staff and elected officials will available via phone and/or email. Officials will reevaluate on March 30. On March 16 he Town office will close at 2 p.m. and reopen at 8 a.m. March 17. The Arbor Day event scheduled for April 4 is canceled. The April 6, Town meeting and public hearing will be virtual meetings (more details to follow). The gymnasium is closed until further notice per Governor Hogan’s orders. Yard Waste and Recycling Drop off events on March 21 and April 4 are canceled. Water, sewer and public works is taking steps to ensure full services during this emergency situation. Individuals and families who are in need of essential supplies or services can reach out to elected officials or town staff

• Bingo at St. Anthony Shrine on March 28 is canceled.

• Lenten Fish Bakes on March 20, 27 and April 3 are canceled at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall, Thurmont, are canceled. So is the March 30 blood drive.

• The Quartermania fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Riding Club, scheduled for March 29 in Thurmont, is canceled.

• The Carroll County Arts Council has postponed, indefinitely, the 2020 PEEPshow in Westminster. New dates are TBA.

• As a precaution for town officials, staff and residents, the Town of Middletown has canceled all remaining meetings of the Town for the month of March, including town meetings and workshops, planning commission meetings and workshops, and Board of Appeals hearings. Officials will re-evaluate the April meetings on March 31.

• Based on Gov. Hogan’s recent directive to close all gyms, Frederick Health is closing ProMotion Fitness at Frederick Health Crestwood and Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab gym at Frederick Health Hospital. These sites will be closed until further notice.

• The What is Black? live podcast at Serendipity Market & More in Frederick, scheduled for March 21, is canceled and will be rescheduled.

Birthright of Frederick's Spring to Life Luncheon scheduled for March 28 is canceled.

• The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services is temporarily halting spring trout stocking effective immediately until further notice.

• Beginning March 16, Gov. Larry Hogan has prohibited gatherings of more than 50 people. At 5 p.m. March 16, all bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms will close. Drive thru, carry-out and delivery food options will still be available, as well as essential services, like pharmacies and gas stations, will remain open.

• Gettysburg College's Majestic Theater has canceled all events immediately and through March 31. 

Frederick Church of the Brethren has postponed the March 27 slippery pot pie dinner. 

• The Middletown Valley Historical Society meeting scheduled for March 18 is canceled.

• Effective immediately (March 16), the Thurmont Police Department will be closed to all walk-in visitors. Police officers will continue to respond to calls for service, but may be handled by phone call only as applicable. For emergency situations, call 911. For non-emergency dispatch, call 301-600-2071. For the Thurmont Police Station (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), call 301-271-0905.

• The Town of Thurmont Municipal Offices will be closed to the public March 16 until further notice. Residents and customers can pay their bills by telephone, by sending their payment in the mail, dropping the payment in the drop-box outside of the offices, or you can make payments online. Permit requests and payments may also be dropped off in the drop-box or mailed in. If you need to meet with staff in person, you are asked to call and make an appointment at 301-271-7313. Staff will continue to respond to phone calls and emails throughout the day between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The weekly town meetings will continue to be held but will be closed to the public. Residents can watch the meetings live on cable channel 99 or via live streaming at These restrictions and conditions will be updated as needed.

Frederick County Council Member Jerry Donald, District 1, has canceled his District 1 Tour on March 21.

Rebuilding Together Frederick County has postponed all projects until further notice.

Johnsville Ruritan Club has canceled its breakfast scheduled for March 21.

— — —

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church has suspended weekend Masses for the weekends of March 14-15 and March 21-21. Visit the website for updates.

St. Joseph-on-Carrollton Catholic Church has suspended all weekend Masses for the weekends of March 14-15 and March 21-22. Visit the website for updates.

Frederick Church of the Brethren services canceled March 15. Visit for further updates.

• The Dale Carnegie Course first session set for March 16 at FMH-Crestwood Imaging Center will be delayed until further notice. Contact Darryl Glick for more information, 301-770-2444, ext. 13.

• All Frederick Presbyterian Church worship services, programs and activities are canceled through at least March 27.

• The Literacy Council of Frederick County’s Scrabble Mania for Literacy on March 21 is postponed.

• The Myersville Volunteer Fire Co. breakfast scheduled for March 21 is canceled.

• The Frederick County Farm Bureau Spring Banquet scheduled for March 27 at Jefferson Ruritan Center is canceled.

— — —


• The William R. Talley Rec Center and all satellite facilities will be closed until the end of the Frederick City state of emergency. Also:

— The Weinberg Center for the Arts is closed beginning and events closed until further notice. The Weinberg is working with performers to reschedule these events to a later date. Ticket holders should keep their tickets and the Weinberg will be in touch with more information on the status of these events.

— Law enforcement operations will continue in full force and effect and emergency planning protocols are in place should the situation change.

— Public access to City facilities will be restricted and by appointment only.

— Mayor and Board of Aldermen workshops and public hearings will be occurring as scheduled. In-person public comment will not be available.

UPDATED MARCH 16: In light of recent CDC recommendations, all City public meetings remaining in March are postponed.

All other City Board and Commission meetings will be canceled during the City state of emergency.

Frederick Community Action Agency will continue to operate.

Due dates for City bills, permits, licensures and citations will be extended to 30 days after the City state of emergency ends.

City NAC meetings are suspended.

Trash pickup, yard waste and commercial recycling are operating on their normal schedules. Bulk trash pickup is suspended at this time. 

The Frederick Municipal Airport is open and operation. Offices are closed to the public. The airport restaurant will be available for carryout only.

At this time, the City’s Planning, Engineering, and Building/Permits Departments will not be accepting hard copies plans, applications, or checks while evaluating how to deliver these services in a safe and modified work environment. In Engineering, re-submittals of improvement plans are being accepted electronically. In Planning, applications in process that were routed prior to March 13 will be reviewed and comments will be returned to the applicant electronically. Updates will be shared as soon as possible.

Existing residential inspections are suspended at this time. New building construction inspections and large-scale public work inspections are occurring on an appointment-only basis.

— The Clustered Spires Golf Course remains open at this time. The on-site restaurant is carryout only.

FREDERICK COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES and facilities will remain open, with modifications, to ensure essential services continue for residents and businesses:

— All county buildings will be open and staffed with limited public access. Meetings will take place by phone or conference when possible

Frederick County Public Libraries will be closed March 16 to 27

Parks and Rec programs are canceled immediately at school sites and as of March 16 at nature centers, Ballenger Creek Community Center and the Browning Building at Pinecliff Park. County parks remain open to the public.

— Boards and commission meetings are canceled at least through March 27

— The Department of Permitting and the Treasurer's Office remain open for purchase of TransIT fares and to pay taxes and water/sewer bills; please use the drive-through payment window

Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living have restricted visitor access

Animal Control hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Animal adoption floors will be closed to the public; adoptions are temporarily suspended; volunteers should contact Animal Control for more information.

— The Adult Detention Center has restricted visitor access.

— The Frederick County Landfill will remain open, now walk-ins will be accepted for recycling or compost bins.

— The Citizens Services Division is meeting clients by appointment only.

Family Partnership and Scott Key Center will be closed for two weeks.

TransIT Services will continue to provide services and routes.

— Telework will be allowed for county employees who are able to do so.

— County employee travel is prohibited.

— The County Executive's budget public hearing at 7 p.m. March 23 will take place on Facebook Live, with viewers encouraged to provide feedback online or via email to countyexecutive

• The Small Town Stars Theatre Co. production of "Godspell" at Walkersville United Methodist Church is canceled, all shows.

• The Family History Center, 199 North Place, Frederick, is closed until further notice. Call 240-818-1937 before visiting.

• All Master Gardener seminars are canceled until further notice.

— — —

• Based on social distancing recommendations, Francis Scott Key Mall will no longer host the Easter Bunny or associated events.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick announced it will not hold an in-person service Sunday. Instead, the church will livestream its service at The usual "middle hour" friendly forum and religious education classes are canceled along with the church's 1 p.m. board focus group. The church's book sale is already set and will continue since there are usually less than 25 people at any given time.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick announced on its website it is canceling all worship and onsite activities until Palm Sunday, which is April 5.

Damascus Road Community Church also announced it is canceling all on-site activities until further notice. They will offer an online service.

Grace United Church also announced it was canceling its March 15 service.

• The Frederick County Council has canceled most of its meeting activity for the rest of the month. Council members were scheduled to have two public hearings for rezoning cases next Tuesday, but those have been postponed until April 14 at 7 p.m. at Winchester Hall in Frederick. The council was also supposed to review the 287(g) audit report on March 24, but that meeting, along with the one scheduled for March 31, has also been postponed. No new dates have been set.

• The Frederick Fairgrounds announced it is postponing all events until the governor's order to not hold events with more than 250 people is lifted. For a listing of those events and updates please go to

• The United Way of Frederick County shut down all free income tax preparations until March 31. If residents have an appointment scheduled between now and March 31, they are asked to call 866-411-6803 to reschedule.

• The Children’s Center of Walkersville will be closed March 16-27 in response to concerns of the coronavirus. The center offers pre-school, child care and before and after school care programs for children ages 2-12.

New Spire Arts announced the cancelation of "Manhattan on Patrick with Bebe Neuwirth," which was scheduled for March 21.

• The Frederick News-Post History Bee originally scheduled for March 26 has been postponed. A new date has yet to be announced.

• Practices for Thurmont Little League will not begin until April 6. Opening day has been delayed as well.

Maryland Ensemble Theatre is temporarily suspending its operations and events beginning March 16 until restrictions are lifted.

• The National Day of Prayer kickoff breakfast, scheduled for March 28, is canceled.

— — —

• Opening day for the Frederick Keys originally scheduled for April 9 has been changed. Opening date will be announced at a later date.

• The Vintage Vibe Markets spring show at the Frederick Fairgrounds on March 28 and 29 has been rescheduled to May 30 and 31.

• Based on social distancing recommendations, Francis Scott Key Mall will no longer be hosting the Easter Bunny or associated events.

Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Co. has canceled its cash bingo night scheduled for March 16.

Bush Creek’s fried oyster, turkey and country ham dinner originally scheduled for March 28 has been rescheduled for April 18.

• The Frederick Torch Club meeting for March 23 is canceled.

• All college and community events scheduled at Frederick Community College are canceled March 16 through March 27.

• The Meraki concert at Calvary United Methodist Church, Frederick, on March 15 is canceled and will be rescheduled.

• The Frederick Symphony concert scheduled for March 15 is canceled.

Seton Shrine has canceled Lenten retreats, St. Joseph Valley Days and St. Patrick’s Day concert. Business hours, confession, Adoration and Mass is still on the regular scheduled. Visit for updates.

• The country breakfast scheduled for March 15 at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Co. is canceled.

• The March 14 meeting of the Frederick County Genealogical Society is postponed.

• The Lucky Leprechaun race, hosted by the YMCA of Frederick County, scheduled for March 14 has been canceled. Entries can be deferred to the YMCA’s Santa Run on Dec. 12, 2020, or to the Lucky Leprechaun Run on March 13, 2021.

• The historical interpreters workshop presented by the Blue and Gray Hospital Society on March 14 at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine has been postponed.

• The Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry banquet and auction scheduled for March 13 in Hagerstown has been postponed. Call 301-739-3000 or email for more information.

• All events performances at the Maryland Theatre, in Hagerstown, are canceled effective immediately through March 27. Ticket holders will be contacted before the date of your event with specific instructions.

St. John’s Catholic Prep is closed and students will have online instruction until March 29.

Rock the Shamrock, scheduled for March 13 in downtown Mount Airy, is canceled.

Seton Center Inc. has canceled the Spring Fling craft fair scheduled for March 21 and the census party on April 4 is also canceled.

Mother Seton School, Emmitsburg, has canceled the “A Night at the Races gala scheduled for March 21. More information will be sent to ticket holders.

• All senior and community centers in Carroll County are closed until further notice.

• The Mount Airy Senior Center yard sale and craft fair scheduled for April 25 is canceled.

• The Michael Ray and Carly Pearce concert at The Event Center at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races scheduled for March 13 has been rescheduled for Oct. 17.

• The Frederick Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution’s prospective member workshop scheduled for April 4 is canceled.

• The Frederick County Master Gardner’s class on small space vegetable gardening scheduled for March 14 is canceled.

• The Tuesday evening Book of Mormon classes at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Frederick, are canceled until further notice.

• The Diaper Distribution event scheduled for March 14 at Amber Meadows Park is canceled and will be rescheduled.

• The “Forged in Iron and Bone: Unveiling the Faces of the Enslaved” event of the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society on March 14 has been rescheduled to May 6.

All public schools in Maryland will be closed March 16 to 27. Announcement made March 12 by Gov. Larry Hogan during a press conference. Frederick County Public Schools will post updated answers to FAQs online at

— — —

St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Frederick, has canceled its Lenten fish fry Fridays, March 13 to April 3.

• The Republican Club of Frederick County has canceled its meeting for March 12.

• The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships that were scheduled to be played March 12 to 14 are postponed until further notice. This includes the games scheduled for the Frederick High School girls, Middletown High School girls and Oakdale High School boys teams.

• The Frederick County Senior Services Division has temporarily closed all senior centers to the public. The Frederick County senior centers are in Brunswick, Emmitsburg, Frederick and Urbana. All activities, programs and events are canceled until further notice. The Meals on Wheels program will continue to deliver two meals a day to home-bound adults, Monday through Friday, who meet eligibility guidelines. Senior Services Division offices will remain open and staff will be available to answer questions at call 301-600-1234.

Town Hall in Mount Airy will be closed for all public meetings in March and April unless otherwise noted. This includes volunteer committee meetings. Town Council and Planning Commission meetings are under consideration. Also, several events may be canceled or rescheduled. Visit for updates.

• The Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department has canceled all events scheduled in the fire department social hall for a minimum of 30 days beginning March 14 until at least April 14. Canceled events include bingo on March 21, Lions Club breakfast on March 22, Safe and Sane bingo on March 27 and the Linganore Grange bingo on April 4.

• The Mount Airy Senior Center will be closed until further notice. Mac “The Caboose” will also be closed.

• Maryland Department of National Resources has announced that the Cunningham Falls Maple Syrup Festival scheduled for two weekends, March 14-15 and March 21-22, has been canceled

• The lecture on ETPB, hosted by NAMI and scheduled for March 18 has been canceled.

AARP #636 has canceled its luncheon meeting on March 19 at Dutch’s Daughter. Further information about other meetings will be posted as necessary. Money sent in for the March meeting will be applied to the next luncheon.

Liberty Central United Methodist Church, in Libertytown, has canceled its March 21 breakfast.

• The Libertytown Unionville Lions benefit breakfast scheduled for March 22 has been canceled.

• The lecture by Doug Tallamy scheduled for March 22 at Hood College has been postponed.

• The turkey and oyster dinners scheduled for March 27 and 28 at Graceham Moravian Church are canceled.

Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s annual fundraiser Retro Prom has been rescheduled from March 28 to Aug. 22. For updates and changes to other MET events, visit

Laytonsville District Volunteer Fire Department’s fundraising dinner scheduled for April 4 has been canceled. The LDVFD will evaluate the Mother’s Day breakfast on May 10 as the date nears.

• The Mount Airy Lions Club is canceling two events — the Easter egg hunt scheduled for April 5 and the city-wide yard sale that was scheduled for April 25.

The I Steadies 35th Anniversary Reunion Party originally planned for April 25, has been rescheduled to Oct. 17. For details, visit the I Steadies page on Facebook.

• All events at Hood College are canceled until further notice.

Flying Dog Brewery has closed its tasting room and canceled all of its events until further notice. The brewery will continue other operations as normal.

(16) comments


Cancel Frederick County and get it over with. Finally.


Sorry for my grammar errors in my post. Obviously, I am very disappointed in our County Government.


After sending emails to our County Executive, President of the County Council, and the Attorney for Frederick County, urging that the Council meeting today that was supposed to be a PUBLIC MEETING was not cancelled. Citizen's rights are being circumvented. Never thought this would happen in Frederick County.



What was originally on the agenda?

Has the meeting been permanently canceled, or rescheduled?

Will the meeting be virtual, online?


Wow, so how will know who is running for President



"Flying Dog Brewery has closed its tasting room and canceled all of its events until further notice. The brewery will continue other operations as normal."


OK, this has gone too far...


waiting to hear that the deadline for income taxes has been extended


Tax season 2020: Trump extending April 15 tax filing deadline for some as coronavirus spreads.


it hasn't been put into place yet.


You can add to this list the 50th Annual Maple Syrup Festival at Cunningham Falls State Park, both this weekend and next weekend are cancelled and will not be rescheduled.


So sad. I guess I will just have to hike in the mountains instead.


I was also saddened by this, it's always a good time getting those delicious pancakes



That is very disappointing. Maple syrup is the best!

Maybe we can get some when the pandemic is over?


Can you provide source for the MD Public Schools bullet #1? TY


My understanding is it was announced by the Governor.


Per the governor during his 4pm press conference yesterday, 3/12. It was very informative and surely a link can be found online.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Engage ideas. This forum is for the exchange of ideas, insights and experiences, not personal attacks. Ad hominem criticisms are not allowed. Focus on ideas instead.
Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
No trolls. Off-topic comments and comments that bait others are not allowed.
No spamming. This is not the place to sell miracle cures.
Say it once. No repeat or repetitive posts, please.
Help us. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.